Crowd control is the controlling of a crowd or crowds, to prevent the outbreak of disorder and prevention of possible riot or injury due to a large sale. Examples are at sporting events, when a sale of goods has attracted an excess of customers (such as black Friday sales), refugee control, or mass decontamination and mass quarantine situations (disease outbreaks, bioterror attacks, etc.). Typically these situations call for gentler tactics than riot control and are meant to process people in an orderly and efficient manner. Products like stanchions with retractable belts, posts and ropes, crowd control barriers, fences and chains ground can be used for crowd control
Specific products that are used to implement line queue management and people guidance in high traffic areas include retractable belt systems (which incorporate a stanchion post and a retractable tape) and wall mounted retractable belt systems (also incorporating a retractable belt but are surface mounted). Post and rope systems are also popular, especially in museums, banks and theaters.
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Crowd control barriers
Crowd control barriers (also referred to as crowd control barricades), are commonly used at public events. They are frequently used at large sporting events, parades, political rallies, demonstrations, and outdoor festivals. Event organizers, venue managers, and security personnel use barricades as part of their crowd control
and management planning. These steel barriers provide a cost effective barricade system.
Crowd control barriers in the form or steel barricades act as a physical and psychological barrier, used to designate "no access" zones, and to designate space for lines. They are also used by riot police to control large gatherings for parades or political rallies and demonstrations.
Crowd control barricades are most commonly made of steel, although lighter-weight plastic variations are sometimes used. Barriers are most effective when they interlock, being attached to each other in a line via hooks at the side of each barricade. When barricades are interlocked, security personnel can create impenetrable lines, because such lines of barriers will not likely be able to be toppled over.